It looks as if the Government are set to drop plans to introduce a minimum price on alcohol. There is little evidence to suggest that a minimum pricing law would result in people drinking less.
An alcoholic is rarely the stereotype of an old tramp on a bench; there is a growing number of middle class, functioning professionals with an addiction to alcohol. Money isn’t an issue for them, and a minimum price imposed on alcohol will have no impact on their drinking whatsoever. Top Class gastro pubs, restaurants and other establishments will more than likely absorb the rate themselves, the percentage of being little or no odds to them.
In the current climate, a reckonable percentage of the general public may see the government as trying to take away one of their last remaining affordable pleasures. In times of recession it has been proven time and time again that alcohol consumption rises.
There is no hard and fast evidence that a minimum price and alcohol would have an impact on the nation’s health. They would be a lag of at least 2 to 3 years before any improvements would be able to be seen. Any legislation passed to impose a minimum price per unit of alcohol would have to remain in place for several years before it could truly be declared a success or not.
Perhaps to is more likely that rather than cutting their intake of alcohol, those struggling for money you have an alcohol problem may choose to neglect rent and bills and other essential part to says in favour of buying alcohol. The minimum pricing proposals would take the minimum recommended retail price of a bottle of wine to just over 4 pounds. Considering the average price of a bottle of wine, you’d be hard pressed to buy one from 4 pounds in the first place. The minimum selling price for a bottle of vodka would be just under £12, which is roughly around the price of supermarkets own brand anyway. It would prevent the sale of unnecessarily cheap products such as, value riders and ciders which can sometimes retail for around 30p a can.
The government may be better place to spend money on furthering education about alcohol or drugs and specially in schools. The father of late singer Amy Whitehouse, Mitch wine house, this week launched in association with ChildLine and at action that you may wine house resilience programme to teach secondary steel students and their parents and about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Education has been shown to be one of the biggest and most important factors in cutting drug and alcohol abuse. Arming young people with knowledge gives them power to make educated choices about drinking or taking drugs.
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